Kaleb Center, Sports Information Director
KEARNEY – Chadron State College wrestling continued to improve on Saturday, improving its record to 2-3 at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Midwest Duals. The Eagles lost 31-14 to No. 10 Adams State University, before rallying to win 42-6 against the University of Central Missouri and 30-12 against No. 23 Newman University.
CSC struggled through the first six weight classes versus Adams State, which had four of its first six contestants ranked nationally. The closest to an upset came at 165, where one second period takedown decided the match. No. 10 Aaden Valdez gave up only a third period escape point and a stalling penalty point in winning 3-2 over CSC’s Tate Allison.
Later, No. 4 Rowdy Pfeil and Eli Hinojosa each majored their opponents at 174 and 197, respectively. Heavyweight Mason Watt recorded a pin in the first period to finish.
Central Missouri did not pose much of a challenge, with four open weight classes. However CSC won four of the six remaining bouts decisively, including pins by Tate Stoddard at 125 pounds and Hinojosa at 197.
Joe Renner also got on the board for CSC against UCM, giving up only two escape points in a 7-2 win over the Mules’ returning leader in falls, Jack Goin.
Newman did not contest two weight classes, choosing to rest its third-ranked wrestler, Kameron Frame, at 165-pounds. Nevertheless, the Eagles won five of the remaining eight matches to make the outcome of the dual decisive.
Pfeil and Hinojosa completed perfect 3-0 outings against the Jets, both giving up only a single escape.
Joe Ritzen scored a 9-3 win at 141, defeating No. 12 Tyler Lawley for the upset of the day.
Sebastian Robles secured the only pin of the dual for the Eagles at 149, finishing his match in the first period.
“Every time we compete,” said CSC Head Wrestling Coach Brett Hunter, “we are starting to get things right. We’re a young team, and that means we’ll have mental mistakes. Our goal is to continue to improve each time we compete. We’re excited for our next opportunity on Thursday.”
The Eagles travel to CSU-Pueblo, which tied for 30th in the national poll with two ranked individuals, for a Thursday dual at 6 p.m.